The Lady Skippers have seen their ups and down the last few weeks, starting with a loss against Muskegon CC and ending with two wins; one against Kalmazoo CC (ranked #16 in the nation), and another against St. Clair College of Windsor.
Sc4 shot a measly 21 percent from the field against Muskegon CC on Nov. 19 which largely contributed to their 77-43 loss in the East-West Classic, along with the 27 turnovers the Skippers gave up. The Skippers started the game strong with a 7-0 run, but after a time-out Muskegon took control of the game.
“That time out really hurt us. We started to play their game and we never took control of the game, which is what we needed to do in order to win,” Coach Carrie Lohr said.
The Skippers had the opportunity to recover from the first half as Muskegon led 31-20, but Muskegon continued to rack up the points with a 19-7 run at the beginning of the second half.
“They really beat us up in the paint, and controlled us because of our size. They continued to attack the basket, and as a team we need to work harder to not allow other teams in the paint,” said Lohr.
Muskegon out-rebounded the ball against SC4, with 55 rebounds, 20 more than the Skippers. Iesha Ellis pulled down 18 rebounds for Muskegon, and added 14 points for the win over the Skippers. Korea Jackson was high scorer for the Skippers with 11 points.
“We need to learn from our mistakes in this game in order to play a better game tomorrow night,” said Lohr.
Learning from their mistakes is just what the Skippers did as they beat Kalamazoo CC the next night with a 67-61 win.
“We came to play, and it was a much more intense game than against Muskegon,” guard Korea Jackson said, “After losing to Muskegon, we were ready for this win and we worked hard for it.”
The Skippers tried to keep a lead against Kalamazoo through the whole game, managed to hold a 39-34 lead at halftime, then continued to lead through the entire second half.
“At one point we were leading by more than 10 points late in the second half, but they managed to have a run on us late in the game,” Lohr said.
Although Kalamazoo responded with a short 6-0 stretch, it was still not enough to take the game back. Chaniese Turner led the Skippers 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Korea Jackson had 16 points, and Nikki Heim added another 13 points and eight rebounds.
However, the Skippers would play one of the most emotional home games ever to cross SC4’s court on Tuesday Nov. 23, just 24 hours after the death of Men’s basketball player Terrance Keaton.
“We were given the choice to play the game, or reschedule it, but the girls wanted to play,” Lohr said.
Although emotions were running high, the Lady Skippers decided to play in memoriam of Keaton, and started the game off with a memorial service for the fellow athlete.
Of the 10 players on the Skippers roster, 9 of them scored in the game. High scorers were Chaniese Turner with 19 points and four steals, and Korea Jackson with 17 points and seven assists.
“The girls played very well in this game, and worked really hard for the win. They really needed this win tonight, especially after yesterday’s accident. They can walk away from this knowing that they didn’t give up, and they played through the emotion,” Lohr said.
The Skippers’ next home game will be against Columbus State CC on Saturday, Dec. 11. Tip-off will be at 1 p.m., all adult admissions are $3, students are $1 and all children 8 and under receive free admission.